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Managing Your Online Privacy

Have you ever wondered what happens to your personal information when you enter it online? Many websites require users to sign up for an account by entering identification material such as a name, address, email or even credit card numbers. Before you provide sensitive information online consider:

  • Who is receiving the data?
  • Is the information stored securely?
  • Is the data pertinent to the use of the website?
  • Does the company sell user information to outside businesses?
  • In most cases, these questions can be answered by reading the website’s Privacy Policy. A Privacy Policy is a statement which discloses to users the method(s) used to collect data and what happens to that data after the website receives it. A website’s Privacy Policy is often accessed through a link at the bottom of the webpage. For example, you can read Richland Library’s Policy by clicking on the link that reads “Privacy Policy” located at the bottom left of the page.

    For more information about internet safety and Privacy Policies please see the related resources listed below.


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